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Whitsundays, Fraser Island, The Great Barrier Reef - the East Coast of Australia is the country's most popular backpacker trail for a reason.

Just about anyone can travel the entire East Coastline. Hop on / hop off public buses operate daily and there is a HUGE choice for hostel accommodation in each backpacker hot spot.

But with so many Bucket List worthy destinations to choose from - planning your trip can sometimes be a little overwhelming! To ease the pressure - we have put together a list of our favourite Top 20 Epic East Coast Backpacking Experiences! Check it out...

1. Sail The Whitsunday Islands
74 islands make up the Whitsundays - one of these islands is home to Whitehaven Beach - voted in Trip Advisor's Top Beaches in the World - sand so pure you can clean your teeth with it - Great Barrier Reef - Squeaky Sand - Overnight Sailing Tours - Party Boats - Racing Yachts - Onboard Jacuzzis - need we say more?

southern cross boat

2. Skydive with a Beach Landing
Mission Beach is a tiny rainforest town just south of Cairns - Views of the Great Barrier Reef - Australia Skydive have dropzones all over Australia but this is one of our favs - land on the beach... awwww yeah!

Sky dive

3. 4WD & Camp on Fraser Island
World's BIGGEST sand island - Beach Highways (yes you will actually see speed signs along the beach) - home to the infamous Aussie Dingo - BBQs - Stars - Beach Camping - Eucalyptus Rainforest - Lakes & Natural Swimming Holes - Dig Your Own Toilet - Paradise!

4wd on Fraser Island
  • Book your own Fraser Island adventure here!
  • Stay at Nomads Noosa before your trip!

4. Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Beat the Touristy Crowds and say hello to the Koalas at Lone Pine - just outside of Brisbane - Cheap and Cheerful - Cuddle a Koala - The World's Largest & Oldest Koala Sanctuary.

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By Andrew Thomas from Shrewsbury, UK [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

5. Sunset at The Sydney Opera Bar
Sydney Harbour Bridge - Sydney Opera House - Great Selfies - Live Music - Sunset - Drinks (Tip: Head to the Scary Canary after the sun sets - you might get lucky)!

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By Diliff (Own work) [GFDL, CC-BY-SA-3.0 or CC BY 2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

6. Cape Tribulation Road Trip
2 Hours North of Cairns - Rainforest meets Reef - Literally in the 'Middle of Nowhere' - Hire a Campervan or Take a Tour - Stay Overnight - AMAZING - Tip: Watch out for Crocs!

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By Paul Holloway from Birmingham, United Kingdom (Cape TribulationUploaded by Fæ) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

7. Full Moon Party on Magnetic Island
Australia's only Full Moon Party - On the Beach - Epic DJs - at Base Magnetic Island.

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8. Nimbin, Byron Bay
Inland from Byron Bay - Weed - Hippies - Rainbow Shops - Waterfalls - Weird People - Hemp Museum - Take a Tour - Take a Campervan - Must Do!

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By Mombas2 Peter Terry (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

9. Great Barrier Reef
Bucket List - You Can See It From Space - Snorkel - Take An Introductory Scuba Dive - Look Out for Nemo - Depart from Cairns - Has it's own Letterbox.

Phil with a Grouper (Norman Reef - Great Barrier Reef)

10. Bungy Jump in the Rainforest
Cairns - Adventure Capital of Australia - Freefall - Swing - Scary as Hell - AJ Hackett Site - YEWWW!

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MartinRe at the English language Wikipedia [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

  • Check out the Top 10 Things to do in Cairns here

11. Great Ocean Road
Famous for a Reason - 12 Apostles - Otway Rainforest - Surf Beaches - Voted 1 of the World's Greatest Drive - Bell's Beach - Koalas.

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Diliff [CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL], via Wikimedia Commons

12. Penguin Parade, Phillip Island
100s of Tiny Penguins - Phillip Island - Surf Beaches - 1.5 Hours South of Melbourne

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By JJ Harrison ([email protected]) - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

13. Scooteroo 1770
A Cheapy but a Goody - Harley Davidson Scooters - Kangaroos - Sunset - 1770: Where the Surf Coast meet the Great Barrier Reef - Leather Jackets

14. White Water Rafting, Cairns
Do it in Cairns - Literally in the middle of nowhere - No one else Around - Scary but Amazing!

White Water Rafting Cairns Australia

15. Bondi to Coogee Walk, Sydney
We all love freebies - one of the most beautiful walks in Australia - Check out the amazing Sydney coastline between Bondi Beach and Coogee Beach

Walk from Bondi Beach to Coogee Beach

16. Great Keppel Island
Off the Beaten Track - Stay at Emu Park - Snorkel - Do Something Different - Paradise

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By Stuart Edwards (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons;

17. Party on The Gold Coast
Cheesy - Crazy - Where the Locals Go - Theme Parks - Party - High Rises - Good Beach - Casino - Tacky but Fun

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By Petra [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

18. Kuranda Hippie Rainforest Village, Cairns
SkyTrain - Cable Car - Barron Falls - Hippie Village - Markets

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By spaceodissey (originally posted to Flickr as The way to Kuranda) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

19. Learn to Surf Camp
Sydney - Go on a Camp - One Lesson is not Enough - hit up our mates at Mojosurf - Beach Side Living - Amazing Food - Surf Like a Pro

surf and stay wave mojosurf

20. Party at Base
Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Airlie Beach, Magnetic Island - plus our Base Mates Aus wide - Ed Sheeran got lucky at our Brissie Bar - you can too!

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